Heritage Homes in Langley
Langley is a one-stop shop for all things history and is a perfect place to go on a heritage home driving tour. My tip: stop at the historic Porter’s Bistro Coffee & Tea House located in Murrayville’s 5 Corners and grab your favourite beverage and perhaps a sandwich or muffin to go, then take a drive and let your imagination run wild. Don’t forget your camera!
You can also check out the Langley Centennial Museum or BC Farm Museum, both located in Fort Langley, for a look into local history. The Langley Heritage Society does walking tours in Fort Langley and Murrayville, where some of these homes are standing. Click here for more information.
This house was built for David Lamb between 1908 and 1910. Lamb had lived in Vancouver before the fire of 1886 and was one of the first people to vote in Vancouver’s elections. In 1889 he moved to a farm in Murrayville, and later had this house built. In 1922 the property was sold to the Stirling family. The family operated a cattle farm here until 1960, but owned the house until 1990. The Lamb/Stirling House became a Municipally Designated Heritage Site in the mid 1990s. Shortly after it was moved from its original 48th Avenue location to 21864 Old Yale Road, and restored by the Langley Heritage Society.
The Harrower House
The Harrower House is located at 21860 Old Yale Road, Murrayville. This wood -framed house was built for Robert and Mary Harrower, on land previously owned by the estate of Paul Murray. It is one and a half stories in height, with a side gabled roof, an entry porch, and a later addition to the rear. The house was restored in about 1998 by the Langley Heritage Society; restoration included rebuilding the verandah and original entry way, which had been closed in, replacing windows, and removing new siding to reveal the original.
The Moir House
The Moir House is located at 6840 Glover Road. It was built in 1909 for George Robert Moir and his wife, who had arrived the year before from Glasgow. Moir was a blacksmith and opened his own shop in Milner. The house was sold to the Mercer family in the 1940s.
The Wark/Dumais House
The Wark/Dumais House is located at 5950 Glover Road. The main part of the house was constructed in 1890 and was lived in by Robert Wark and his family. Wark was an early Warden, or mayor, of Langley. The back kitchen area was added in 1900, and the verandah was added in 1910. The Dumais family moved into the house in the 1920s. Langley City purchased the 87-acre Dumais Farm at the north end of town for $2 million in 1976. The house was designated as a heritage site when it was restored by the Langley Heritage Society in 1987. Kwantlen Polytechnic University purchased the Wark/Dumais House when the campus opened at this location; the campus was built with the house as a focal point for its buildings.
The Michaud House
The Michaud House is located at 5202 204th Street. It was built by Joseph and Georgiana Michaud in 1888 and is the oldest house in Langley City. The house was officially designated as a heritage site in 1980 when restoration was undertaken by the Langley Heritage Society and the Langley Arts Council. Members of the Michaud family were also active in the restoration. The house features a corbelled brick chimney, turned wooden posts, and gingerbread Gothic brackets supporting the door hood. The Langley Arts Council used the building until 2008, when they moved and the City of Langley entered into a lease for the building with the Langley Heritage Society.
The Dickson House & Barn
The Dixon House and Barn was built between 1916 and 1918 by Bill Maxwell and Roy Hallack for Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Dixon. In about 1935 the Dixons’ sold the property to Mr. and Mrs. William Cumming, and in 1958 Catherine and John Vander Vegte purchased the farm from Mrs. Cumming. The Vander Vegtes’ renovated the barn, which had wooden aisles, gutters, and mangers, and poured the concrete. The Vander Vegte’s later moved to a condo, but kept the farm until they sold it to the Township of Langley in 2004. The Langley Heritage Society signed a lease with the Township of Langley for the Dixon House and Barn in 2008. Located at 6120 Glover Road.
For more information on these buildings you can visit the Langley Heritage Society website.
Images courtesy of the Langley Heritage Society.